Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed. Call 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1307 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.


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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX1307

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
  • Base plate tabs remove easily for a completely inconspicuous look
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle chassis
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5; sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 20"
    • Fits Blue Ox Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 13-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1307 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs



BX1307 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1307 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2010 - 2015 Mini Cooper Convertible - Base model

2012 - 2015 Mini Cooper Convertible - S models

2009 - 2011 Mini Cooper Convertible S models

2012 - 2015 Mini Roadster excluding John Cooper Works

2012 - 2013 Mini Cooper Hardtop - Base model

2012 - 2013 Mini Cooper Hardtop - S models

2011 - 2011 Mini Cooper Hardtop Base model

2010 - 2011 Mini Cooper Hardtop S models

2008 - 2008 Mini Clubman Manual transmission

2011 - 2014 Mini Clubman Manual transmission - Base model

2009 - 2010 Mini Clubman Manual transmission - excluding John Cooper Works

2011 - 2014 Mini Clubman Manual transmission - S models




Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Base Plate Kit Installation - 2010 Mini Cooper

Today on our 2010 MINI Cooper, we're going to be doing an installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX1307. Now that we've got our fascia all put back in place all of our fasteners reconnected, you'll get a good idea of what the base plate's going to look like. You've just got a few things sticking out here in the front, not too noticeable, with the removable arms. As you can see it kind of blends in, rather than the permanent fixture arms, they kind of stick out a little bit further, a little bit easier to see. You'll notice we trimmed out up here on the grill area for our breakaway switch as well. Depending on your application that may be something you need to do, it just depends on where you're going to be putting it and what different parts you're going to be using.

The great part about the base plate, it allows you to pull your car behind your RV safely. You're not going to have to worry about it being on a trailer and the brakes to the trailer functioning, wiring on the trailer, different stuff like that. Now when it's time to hook up to our RV, very simple operation here. We're just going to slide our arm in, as you can see it's a T-slot in there. You slide it in so we can press our pin. Press that in and just rotate it around.

Our pin's going to click into position and then we can easily hook on to our tow bar, get connected to the RV and head down the road. In addition to that we're going to have the loop that sticks out here, that's for our safety chain. So we can hook our car to our RV via the base plate here. The base plate is also going to be secured by permanent safety straps that are going to go around the frame of the vehicle to make sure that doesn't come off as well. You're going to have convenient connections down here to hook up any kind of wiring that you're going to need to connect in.

Our customer's gone wireless with this set-up so we don't have our box sticking out of there. If you're going to be wired you will have your connection there. First thing we need to do is open our hood up, that's going to allow us to get to the four pushpin fasteners here holding our grill in place. I'll just use a small screwdriver or a pick. You want to pull on them at center core, then by grabbing that center core you'll be able to pull the larger core, that goes in, out. Now, since this particular Cooper is equipped with lights there's going to be a nut here and a small screw here that we need to remove on both sides. That's going to release the bracket that holds our light in place.

Now, the screw in here requires a torque bit. I'm using just a little right angle driver to do it with. As you can see, that loosens our light up so it will come off with our grill. We do want to keep in mind be want to pull the plug, so we don't want to stretch that wire out. Slide that apart there, now that light's going to be completely free to come off with the grill. Let's head over here to the driver's side and do the same thing. With both of our fog lights loose here, we're now going to pull out and press down slightly on the grill and allow it to slide out. We'll want to work from one side over to the other. Just take your time with it and kind of ease it out of there. Now we'll set this aside to be put back in after we're done. Now the next step would typically be to remove the T25 fastener located here on both of our tabs, but since the fog lights we're installed that bolt was actually holding those in place. So with fog lights, that step you won't have to do again, without fog lights you will need to remove those two bolts. Here in the wheel well we're going to remove the two pushpin fasteners, one located up here, one located down here. As you can see I've turned the tires quite a bit just to give us a little bit of room to get in here and work. This one down here spun on me so what I'm going to do is just put a little screwdriver or a pick in behind it and kind of pull out as we turn here. There you see it will thread out of there okay. Pull that one out, now let's do the top one. With these you just kind of un-thread the core and then you can pull them right out. Now over here on the passenger side we're just going to repeat that same process. We'll set all four of those aside to reuse later. Now we're going to push back the wheel well cover here. As you can see it's a nice foldable material. I like to kind of tuck it up behind that tire that way I'm not fighting it and trying to hold it. Then right here at the intersection, just on the backside we're going to have a pushpin. We'll remove that one and the one located, it's really hard to see, but there's a little angled bracket here that's going to match the color of your car. There's one located in there that's facing towards the inside. Now just above that last pushpin that we removed there's going to be a T25 bolt, that also is going to need to be removed. You kind of pull out on the fender here to give you a little bit of room. You can see on the outer edge of our bumper here we're going to have another T25 bolt. We need to remove this, and there's one on the other side that's going to be in the exact same location that we'll remove as well. Now we're back to our old buddies, the pushpins. Just like the other ones, you pull that center core out, just work it kind of easily. You can see with the five of those fasteners removed the lower portion is going to be nice and loose. Now we'll need to separate this seam right here. Our side panel, or the black panel that comes around just slips right into the front. So let's pull out on that panel as we push in on the fascia. You see how that just kind of pops out of those two tabs right there. It's going to leave that top nice and loose for us. As we pull out we need to start disconnecting any of the lights, the side markers, the fog lights, whatever the case may be, get these disconnected. There's also a temperature sensor that's going to be located in behind the grill that will need to get unhooked as well. You have a connection right up here. You just kind of want to push in, push the tab and pull out on it. Then the oblong connection that's here on the side, you want to squeeze in on the side of that, then again pushing in can kind of help you with that and then pull it out. Once we have the two connections here undone and the three connections on the passenger side undone with an extra set of hands here, we can just set it down. All right, now for our modifications. We're going to make an 1-1/4" hole on the top of our bumper support here on both sides. There's all ready a small hole there that we can use for a guide. We've got an 1-1/4" hole saw, we just place that in and start drilling that out. With our holes drilled on the top on both sides, it's now time to take the bolt, that's located just underneath that hole on the outside edge, and we need to cut that off flush with the head of the bolt. Of course we're going to do this here on the passenger side and also on the driver side. Now is going to be time to put the base plate up into place. To secure it in place we're going to use one of the 8mm by 50mm bolts, as you can see we've got our red Locktite on there. It's recommended to use that on every fastener. What we've had to do in this particular case is just grind part of the washers off. Each car's going to be a little bit different and sometimes modifications need to be made. We'll lift our base plate up, and we'll allow it to slide into place. We'll just thread that bolt in to the weld nut that's all ready existing in our vehicle. Now let's head over to the other side and do that same thing. Then we'll go ahead and tighten down both of our bolts. Now the hole just above the bolt we just put in, we want to take a drill bit, refer to your instructions it'll tell you the size, and we're going to cut this out. All right, with that one drilled let's go over and take care of the other side. Now in the hole we just drilled out we're going to place one of our 3/8" by 1-1/4" bolt right up and through there. As you can see we've got our Locktite on there. Then here at the top we'll bring a handle nut that's going to go down and in then it will be threaded onto our bolt. We'll get that bolt in place on both sides of the vehicle. We'll now tighten down both of the bolts we just put in and referring to the instructions it will tell you the proper torque spec to get these set at. Let's go take care of the other side. Now that we've got those secure we'll finish torquing down the initial bolt that we had installed, our metric bolt that has our two washers and our lock washer on it. When we're done with that one let's head over to the passenger side and torque that one down as well. We'll also drill out the hole just in front of that located just behind our base plate rail. Then we'll do the same thing on the other side. Now install the front bolt, that. Now with those torqued down let's get our side holes started. Now we're going to drill out the two holes that are on each side of our base plate, we've got two here on the driver's side and two on the passenger side. Now in the holes that we just drilled out we're going to place another 3/8" by 1-1/4" bolt through. Just like we did on the bottom one we want a lock washer to be on there. Then we'll bring our plate nut, whatever you want to call it as you see, kind of bend it around there a little bit to help guide it in where you need it. Just tighten that one down a little bit for right now, we don't want to get over zealous with it, we still need to line up our hole here. inaudible 00:12:31 handle nuts or flange nuts. Now with both of them installed we'll just tighten them down and then get our torque wrench out and set them to specification. Now we'll head over to the passenger side and we can repeat that same process. Now we're just going to trim off the tabs that we have there. Then you can just kind of push those down and in, a little screwdriver or something can help. Make sure it's just flush with the top there. Now if you remember from earlier in the install, when we removed our grill area here we had to take a 13mm hex nut off of this bolt because that fog light flange fit right in behind it. If you have the fog lights this nut's already going to be removed there's a spacer bock that you'll slide right into place here. Now if you don't have the fog light attachment then you will have to remove your hex bolt place that on then put your hex bolt back on. Since we still have to put our fog lights on we're going to be waiting to put this on until after we get our grill installed. Now let's route our safety cables around our base plate and the frame of our vehicle. This is going to act as our emergency connection between our vehicle and the base plate in case of failure. Then place the loop ends of the cable into our quick connect then attach it to our base plate. Let's add in our break away switch bracket now. We're going to attach it to our upper radiator support using the hole that's located just to the right of this oblong hole. Then using the supplied hardware we can attach it securely. Now the base plate's secured to front of the vehicle, now's a good time to put on a breakaway switch or any other accessories that you're going to need mounted in behind your grill and fascia because we're going to be going back on with that. We're also going to be taping off the large holes we cut in the frame. This is just going to protect it from any water, dirt stuff like that from getting in. We're also going to cover this with a coat of spray paint. We can then repeat that process here on the other side. Now it's time for the front fascia to go back into place. What we're going to do is temporarily put it up there, an extra set of hands is a good idea. We're going to mark out the cuts we need to make. We'll come down here we'll look through the fascia and we want to cut out just enough to allow for the circular and rectangular pieces to come through and if need be, for our wiring connections down here at the bottom. Now we're going to mark this off, I'm just using a yellow crayon here but you can use any kind of light colored marker. We want to trim out just enough for those to fit through. You'll have to go all the way over in this application to one of the corners, you don't want one of the thins 00:16:27 just kind of hanging out there dangling. As you can see I've marked off the entire area that I anticipate removing and I've made sure I don't have a lot of crayon or a lot of color on the areas I don't. Once they're gone it's really hard to glue them back on so take a good look at it, make sure you're only taking out the areas that you want to take out. Then we can make our cut. You can see what our hole look like there, we're just going to clean it up, then we'll go test it after we get the other one cut out here. If we haven't cut out enough we can cut out a little bit more. Now that we've got our cut outs made here we're going to put it back up in place and as we do this we'll want to reconnect all the connectors that we disassembled earlier, as before an extra set of hands is always helpful. Kind of help hold it up while we're making those. Now as you can see, just loosely started our two T25s up here. We're just going to use that to kind of hold the fascia in place for now while we go around the outside here. Just want to fit all our clips and everything in. Just make sure everything lines up as we go. We'll then go through and reattach the fascia with all the fasteners we removed earlier. That's going to complete today's inaudible 00:18:29 installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with the removable arms, part number BX1307. .


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1307

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (894 Customer Reviews)

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.

- BX1307
by:

Just what we needed to tow our Mini Cooper behind our Dutch Star! Easy to install. Great video and instructions. 688849



- BX1307
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2015 Mini Cooper

Product looks fantastic, having it installed thus week . Hopefully I can send some pictures latter. Like the way the tow bar will attach to the base plate. Would like some thing to install in the Base plate when it towing. 601032



- BX1307
by:

I want to let you all know that I’m not a happy camper. After much pushing, cutting, pushing & swearing, I finally got all the screws and pushpins back in place. I expected a better fit considering how much this baseplate cost. In reassembling, the front clip was distorted enough that parts of it popped apart and I had to drill into the bumper & add some screws to get it to look normal. Then the lower drivers side black grill popped in and there is no way to get the clips to hold it in place. If this were properly designed it would have fit better. I have no idea how long before some of those fasteners will last on our nasty highways but I guess stitching it back together forever will keep me occupied. I’m not just a weekend mechanic. I’ve worked for an auto dealership, rebuilt engine & transmissions, etc. This project took me & a helper almost 8 hours to complete with no helpful feedback from BlueOx despite several phone conversations Will it work to to my Mini? Yes, but be aware that cosmetically your Mini will never be the same. 277775



- BX1307
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2009 Mini Cooper

I installed this myself. The whole process took about 2 hours. The instructions were great and very detailed. Simple tools were all that were required. You do have to cut a couple of holes in the bottom grill in the Mini to allow the pins to be installed for towing and use the safety hooks. Thanks for a great product 260151


Comments

It is doing just fine. traveled about 15,000 miles and still going strong. I appreciate all the help that I received from etrailer when I purchased my base plate.

Kurt D - 06/11/2017

24897

- BX1731
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Easy to install, super strong, this is a great set up for towing a full size truck...plan on at least 4 to 6 hours to install brackets, light kit and air brake set up...i would also recommend the roadmaster brakemaster air set up as well, simple to install, I prefer this setup over the SMI air force one, it is a much simpler setup, less likely to fail and no worries of vacuum leaks... 698172



- BX2258
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate was fairly easy to install on our 2013 Honda C-RV. The videos on etrailer are very helpful, giving us the confidence to do the job in our own garage. The only problem with installation was that the holes didn't quite line up after removing the bumper. I think that was noted in the instructions. The removable arms work well and we have had no issues. We have been using this product towing our car behind our motor home for over 15K miles in the last year without incident. I recommend this product. 352325



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The tow package has worked great I appreciate all the help I got in making sure I was getting the right package. I was able to install it myself without any problem. Thanks again 517615



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Good product kind of hard to put on by yourself 523032



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Product arrived in good time and well packaged. Etrailer was most helpful in helping me get what I needed. I have bought from Etrailer before and will again. 555582



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Watched on-line video of installation on the same vehicle I was going to install the base plate on. Installation was easy. 508638



- BX2412
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Arrived earlier than expected and was exactly what I had ordered, fit like a glove. Service could not have been better. The salesperson really knew their product. I really saved quite a bit of money ordering through them. They emailed and called several times to make sure everything was as I had ordered. A great company to deal with. 615380



- BX1976
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I've bought at least one other product from etrailer in addition to the base plate for my 2008 Jeep Liberty. The plate and appurtenances fit like a glove and work great. etrailer had the best price and, as before, kept me informed about when the product would be delivered and delivered on time. Great company. 486224



- BX1708
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


George, just finished install of blue ox base plate on my 2015 Buick enclave not for the faint of hand to install but all is well if u are good take your time some caution when drilling lower frame holes as inner holes are close but excellent fit and finish thanks for a great product 312252


Comments

Blue ox base plate is still great just a note for users you may need to lube the inside of the holes where the aluminum adapters for the tow bar connection is as one time I could not turn it to lock in for towing this solved the problem

Ed B - 10/27/2017

30108

- BX2258
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. Also, the baseplate comes with a nice step bracket for easy break-away switch mounting, which was a plus. 225837


Comments

ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks

Tall P - 09/21/2016

21117

- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


My third Blue Ox Base Plate. Fit and function are perfect. Fits my existing (first) tow bar and the tab height is nearly exactly the same as my 12 year older Jeep so didn't even need to make any draw bar changes. 111481


Comments

Still attached and working perfectly. Continues to survive some rather intense back country trails with no complaints.

Alan B - 12/30/2014

8281

- BX2668
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Product was not in stock had to wait about 3 weeks ??But they sent me 2 e mails when it came it was on the date they it would arrive I installed the base plate the next day the time it took was about 7hrs total fit very nice the only problem I had I did not understand the directions on cutting the tabs on the back of the grill they hit the base plate when I try to reinstall the grill but I figured in out then it all came together looks great 3 screws in bottom of lower valance that screw to bottom of radiator I had to drill new holes body part hit base plate very close fit but great product 373334



- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


received the plate installed it in less than three hours, have yet to hook it up though. Great , fast shipping! The only issue were the cheap plastic push pins on the shield of the Jeep. 81899


Comments

8000 miles and still tight! When we get there rest assured the frame will make it!

Steve S - 05/24/2014

4408

- BX2195
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great Product... fit as subscribed on 2011 Ford Ranger,easy to follow instructions. There was no communication from e-trailer. After 8 days of nothing I had to call, product at that time had not even been shipped. Very Disappointing. Not so sure I'll buy from them again. 281955



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This baseplate is very well made and sturdy. I would rate it excellent but for 2 flaws: 1. My vehicle has a power steering cooler which the instructions say to relocate on the supplied brackets. Relocating as instructed puts excessive strain on the connecting hoses. I had to cut the pipes and add about 3 inches of rubber hose to the power steering cooler to make it fit comfortably. 2. Blue Ox do not provide any kind of support outside office hours. This type of product is typically installed by the user over a weekend and BO should provide support to their customers during this time. Overall, I would rate ease of install at 5 (out of 10) excluding the cooler issue. Hook up to the completed baseplate is a breeze. We have the Aventa II towbar which takes about 2 minutes to connect. 108372



- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate - -super service from etrailer. Couple of hints, at least for install on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited: 1) the phillips push pins that hold the belly pan on come out best with a light touch on the driver. I buggered up 2 figuring that out. 2) the plate seems to be too narrow to fit, but with a rubber mallet and some persuasion, it will. 3) Use a corded drill for the holes into the frame. My 19.2 volt didn't have the grunt to get it done even with swapping out batteries repeatedly. 4) Directions don' t say anything about how to level the plate after the first (lower) bolt is in, but probably best to have it level or even slightly angled down or away from the grill (gives better clearance for the electric connection below the license plate frame). Wish the electrical connection had black spring return for the cover and the screws to mount it were black. Also wish Blue Ox didn't put a white part number label and the orange warning label on the FRONT, visible section of the plate. Why not the back? I installed it myself. Took half a day and 2 scraped knuckles, but not to tough of a job with the right tools. My third or fourth purchase from etrailer and all have been quick, reasonably priced, marked by good communication and respectful. Works for me! Thanks etrailer! 41767



- BX1731
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. I received the BX1731 base plate and followed the directions given to install on my 2018 Chevy High Country. Install went smoothly and took about 3 hours and that was taking my time. 619643



- BX1731
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation pic 411274



- BX1139
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Good fit. Instructions mis leading somewhat. 2018 Jeep JL does not have 7 metal screws holding bumper shields but plastic screws that need special tool to unscrew. I pulled them out and replaced with metal screws in reinstallation. After tow bar installation the lower plastic shield will require cutting to reinstall. I left this off and did not reinstall. Looks fine and save if towbar is removed later. Did by me self and took about 2.5 hours. 602635



- BX1721
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product, great company. They work to keep their customers and show appreciation for same. 610362



- BX1721
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am a pretty good do it your selfer. This was the second base plate i have installed by myself. The first one was on a 2010 Honda Fit. This job took me about 8hrs. by myself. The instructions were first rate. Plus the BIGGEST help was the instructional video about this particular car. OUT STANDING!!! The only problem i had was getting the front plastic cap back on by my self, took awhile but i got it done. Then the second install was on my 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 pickup. I watched etrailers instructional video about 10 times. By the time i was ready to install the base plate, i pretty much knew what to expect and what to do. The truck job took me about 5 hrs. My best advice i can give is to WATCH their videos, not once, not twice but 4 or 5 times, or more, then the job goes along alot better. And it will be alot easier if you have some help to lift the front plastic cap off, and to reinstall. The rest can be done with no help. 586022



- BX1721
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


2017 Chevrolet Colorado Removal of all parts and pieces was pretty easy. TRICKIEST part was reinstalling front of truck by my self, but i got installed with a little bit of patience. The installation video on youtube was a GREAT HELP!!! 486260



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This is the fourth base plate my brother and I have installed, and probably most complex as it involved making cuts to the vehicle . As always, we received the products ordered from etrailer very promptly. The install was successful, just as we age a little more difficult. 470774



- BX1119
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I have now installed the following on my 2017 Wrangler: Brake light relay kit . Hopkins Towed vehicle Tail Light wiring kit. Blue Ox base plate. Blue Ox Patriot Portable RF Braking System. All of this has taken about 3 days of work spread out over a week or so. Overall it went well. Not too many surprises. Crawling around under a car at 71 is a bit of a strain but I'll get over it. I must say that Donna P. has been a wonderful source of great information and has stayed right on top of the process. eTrailer has been a great source for this project. I would recommend you all with no hesitation. 396395


Comments

I am still in love with the products. My only issue is having enough time to use them more.

John M - 06/15/2018

39803

- BX2246
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I like the design and relatively easy install - I did it myself on a Honda CRV after I watched the great etrailer videos online. These walked me thru the install steps. Very helpful. 574165



- BX1648
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Received your product in good timing. I have it installed as the installation was not difficult. Will be using it during my vacation which is a trek across our province. 208904


Comments

This is our second year to use your product. Just got back from a three weekvacation and used your product and find it excellent. We passed informationalong to many friends we met during that time and gave them the name of yourcompany. Thank you for the excellent service and look forward to many yearsof using the tow package

Albert C - 08/23/2016

20510

- BX3613
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate, real solid construction, thick powder coat, and all aligned well. Biggest pain to expect at install is all the plastic pop-rivets on the Subaru front bumper. The alignment and hardware was all perfect otherwise. And best of all, you can barely see the connections inside the bumper with the attachment pins removed. Great product. 225392


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Thanks for reaching out. We ended up selling the car, but the base plate worked perfect for us. I really like how the car towed, just did like how it drove !We are considering our next options, so we will definitely be back with etrailer to get our next plates and tow wiring.Thanks.

Keith C - 09/14/2016

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- BX1138
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After checking around for prices, I found etrailer to have what I needed and along with their expert advice and install videos, was very easy to get installed. Shipping was free and very fast. This was for a 2018 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 for flat towing behind my RV. Looking at their site now for some accessories for my RV. 469890



- BX3788
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I really like the way the baseplate hides in the grill. The car tows great I have to say that it took three shipments from blue Ox to get the right part but then it went on very easily on my 2017 Corolla Directions are mostly correct There is one other bolted on part that needs to be removed prior to fitment but not mentioned in the directions . At all times everyone was very nice to me. I was a little frustrated and checked with roadmaster because their site said their baseplate would not fit my car because of the adaptive cruise etc. I called them with my new found knowledge about location of the electronics and they checked and confirmed their base plate fits my car so this is another option if you feel like shifting a Toyota 499810



- BX1126
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The base plate was phone ordered on Wednesday and received the following Monday. Wife and I installed it Tuesday on a 2015 Jeep Rubicon. The most difficult part was cutting the belly pan to fit over it. (It always is it seems. Everything else was routine. Thanks for your help in getting the correct part number straight for us. Joe and Joyce 172278



- BX1136
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I ordered all the parts required to safely flat tow out 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk from ETrailer.com. The only part they didn't have was the Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement kit Jeep requires to flat tow this model. Ordering from them was great, the website is easy to use and I was able to locate all the pieces compatible with my specific vehicle. The expert recommendations help my decision choosing the right parts. I ordered from ETrailer even though I found some of the parts on other websites a little cheaper. I chose to pay a little more because of all the effort ETrailer has put into installation videos and guides. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn from ETrailer that they have a price match guarantee! So my equipment consisted of the following Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement Kit (from Jeep) Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles Mighty Cord 7-Way RV Style Trailer Connector - Trailer End WesBarg 7-Way, RV-Style Connector w/ 6' Long Coiled Cable Trailer End Pollak Black Plastic, 7-Pole, RV Blade-Style Trailer Socket - Vehicle End Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 6,500 lbs Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Blue Ox Tow Bar Cover - Aladdin, Aventa LX, Aventa II The installation videos are great but not all inclusive. Take the time to read the instructions that come with the parts. This is a major project, I took about 30 hrs over a full week but as you'll see in the pictures I took s few extra steps to make a cleaner look. Some of those extra steps: The base plate install requires the bumper be modified cutting off a flange on each side, I spray painted this to prevent corrosion. In the install video of the baseplate on the drivers side they use an extra quick link (not included) to run the safety cable around the wiper fluid reservoir. I took the time to remove it and run the safety cable behind it. I didn't want our nice new vehicle to look like it can be towed so I played the brake away switch and 7 way trailer plug behind the license plate, so when not being towed our vehicle looks great! Some things to be aware of. The Brake air cylinder that mounts to the brake pedal with four bolts may need longer bolts, it did on our Jeep. Spend the money for weather tight heat shrink crimp fittings. The Hopkins wire harness was about 1.5 feet short to get to my plug location. Buy extra zip ties, electrical tape and split loom. I recommend reading all the various installation manuals and watching all the videos because the various components integrate together and if you install one at a time you'll be doing a bunch of extra work. The brake light relay is a real pain in the butt, not because of the hardware but because of the location of the brake light switch which is very hard to get to. Overall I am very happy with the products and how the installation looks. We haven't towed it yet but do not expect any problems. 410274


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Still very happy with our purchase. We’ve towed over 10k miles and have had zero issues with our tow setup. I’ve shared my experience with several other RVrs and recommended your company for their needs. Thank you,

Roy - 07/30/2018

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- BX1725
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I recently bought a Spark to use as a toad for my toyhauler. The next step was to select a baseplate, towbar, light system, etc. I wanted a baseplate that would be as inocuous as possible when not in use and be simple to connect and detatch. The Blue Ox 1725 seemed to fit the bill. I combined it with the Curt towbar and a Blue Ox adapter, which resulted in a nice clean and simple system. The staff at Etrailer went out of their way to answer my questions and to insure that my order was delivered quickly. Great service as always. The install went smoothly thanks to the great instalkation video. I am very happy with the way that it turned out. 560621



- BX1126
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Overall, the Blue Ox system has worked out great. I had read a lot of reviews, mostly positive, but some who had some difficulty with the installation, but in my case I had no real difficulty at all. The base plate lined up good, I did use a pry bar to spring it a bit, but nothing major. Ok, so this review if for the entire Blue Ox base plate, Blue Ox Alpha, Patriot II and Hopkings light kit package. I deviated a bit from the base plate installation procedure. I never used the vice grips, I simply installed the 5/8" bolts, leveled the plate and torqued them up after applying red Locktite. I was able to wedge/slip the spacer bars into position and then I drilled the frame using the base plate/spacer bar combination to keep the drill perfectly aligned. I did not have a 17/32 drill so I simply used a 1/2" drill to start each hole. I then swapped down to a 1/4" drill to punch through the frame and progressively drilled the hole larger until I got to the 1/2" bit. I have a Drill Doctor to keep my bits very sharp so they do not drift or wander. Great tool for your shop if you do not have one. I also drilled the hole toward the rear first. Once that was complete, I installed the rear most 1/2" bolt, Locktite and torqued that bolt. I then started a 1/2" hole using the base plate, swapped to the smaller bit and again progressively drill to 1/2" using the spacer as a guide and installed the front 1/2" bolt with Locktite and then torqued. I can see where if you installed the front bolt first, it would be difficult to reach the rear to get the nut started. I rechecked the torque on all the bolts once installed. Word of caution, the nuts have some "teeth" to bite into the frame when installed. These kind of nuts do not want to be tightened and loosened repeatedly. You want to install them once and go right to tightness. Less risk of breaking the wire that is welded to the nuts because the teeth are initially sharp and will bite into the frame. If you tighten and loosen these nuts the teeth get duller and will not grab very well. The purpose of the wire is only to align the nut with the bolt. I did slightly "kink" the wires on the bolts so the nuts started easily on the threads of the bolt. To refit the air dam underneath, I simply measured the distance between the left and right side of the base plate and transferred that dimension to the plastic dam. Rather than cut with a knife, I drilled a 1/2" hole in the plastic dam at the bottom end, used masking tape to mark my cut lines and then finished with a fine tooth jigsaw cutting 1/2" slots. Since the base plate is 1/4" thick the 1/2" slots give me a bit of play and look nice and even. I did not take photos yet, but if I can get back here I'll post a few of the finished product. Among the things I really like about this is how up tight and close the base plate connections are to my bumper. You really do not notice the base plate when you look at the front of the Jeep which to me gives it a nice clean look. I got a Patriot II remote braking system. It took me longer to route the "break away wire" and switch than to set up the remote control. The Hopkins brake light package was easy to install and directions were clear. Spent most of my time deciding how to route the wires from rear to front. 563983



- BX2238
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I am sending some pictures of my installation of the base plate and the wiring harness (TM783130) and the blue ox tow bar on my 2005 Honda CRV. It worked out OK although the instruction for the base plate ( BX2238) installation instructions could be improved some. Everything is installed and operational. Have towed the Honda 150 miles satisfactorily. Thanks for your interest. 468877



- BX1126
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I ordered the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, base plate and curt trailer hitch for my 08 Wrangler on Tuesday and it arrived on Friday. The installation for the base plate and trailer hitch went without a problem. The instructions were well written. Total installation time for both was less than 4 hours. Etrailer readily made good on their low price pledge and reimbursed me the price difference plus 10% when I found the base plate at a lower price than etrailer advertised. On my tow bar the dust boots were not properly attached and Judy at etrailer immediately ordered new zip ties and boots from Blue Ox. I will do business with these folks again. 344869



- BX1139
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Wanted to share a positive experience with one of your service reps. Diana was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the product and application. I purchased the baseplate from ETrailer because of her support. I found it cheaper eleswhere online but Diana and, your organization were outstanding! 572584



- BX2805
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Delivered quickly. Very easy to install, replaces factory sub-bumper, and honestly about 3 times more rugged. spacers shown in picture are already there behind factory bumper. A lift or ramps are helpful, as car is very low to the ground. took about 1 1/2 hours total. Hint: after removing nose, remove grill separately if possible, then after installation, you can replace nose totally, then get better idea where to trim grill and snap it into place 147716



- BX1120
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I had a simple ball hitch setup for my 1999 Jeep Wrangler for towing behind our RV. Our first trip out with it, the bolts that attached the bar connectors to the front of the Jeep came loose. I was fortunate that they didn't come out completely and cause a major accident. I was able to tighten them again, and we had no additional issues on our trip. Of course, this made me extremely nervous with my 'budget' route to tow the Jeep so I began looking for a better, more reliable solution. Blue Ox was the name that kept coming up so I purchased the BX1120. The build quality is outstanding, it's extremely solid and very durable. Installation time was about an hour and a half once I had the right tools, couldn't find my 1/2 inch socket set! I'm using the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar with this setup. I will say that having a second set of hands to install is valuable, my son had to come help me get the drivers side bolts in while I held the steering housing in place. All in all, I'm very pleased with the product. It went in easy and should save my nerves on our next road trip! 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport After market front bumper (Plenty of clearance with this specific mount) 568411



- BX2258
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This heavy kit was packaged very well and arrived in great condition. I appreciated how this was mostly a bolt-on affair; the only "major" issue that I had to take care of was some factory holes in the bumper support tubes that didn't line up with the base plate, but that was easily and quickly taken care of with a 1/2" drill bit. Do yourselves a favor and watch etrailer's installation video multiple times if you plan on doing the installation yourself. The installation manual that came with the base plate isn't as clear as I would've liked. Note the torque specs for the particular fasteners and compare the packing list with what you received. Otherwise, go off of etrailer's video. If you're not towing the car the base plate all but disappears once you remove the tabs. I ended up spray painting the two bolts that fasten the 6-pole connector to the base plate black so it blends in even more. After about 2,100 miles of flat towing the CR-V over the course of 2 weeks in the Western US with a whole bunch of climbs and curves I can comfortably say that this base plate is solid. 402888



- BX2663
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No issues, easy install for a good DIYer 723008



- BX2639
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I've used tow bars for use with a motorhome, but this application was for a bump grill to open bump gates. We have a '13 C-Max Ford which is what this tow bar was installed on. With the directions and photos of an actual installation, it was way to simple. It showed exactly how to take the front of the car off, the modifications required to bolt this unit to the car and cautionary notes to keep me on course! It turned out looking great and is very solid. I fabricated a grill guard to bump the gate open and it slides into the receiver hitches that are provided normally for the tow bar attach points. It worked out great and I thank etrailer for their help! Great experience at the best price. 722842



- BX1126
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The base plate was an excellent fit on my 2015 Wrangler. The frame on my Jeep is fully boxed so I couldn't install the nuts similar to how the diagram depicted on the installation guide. I had to install them through the holes on the bumper mount plate attached to the frame. It didn't affect the outcome just had to deviate from the guide briefly. Also the install guide called for a 17/32" drill bit for the upper bolts, but a 1/2" bit was sufficient enough for the bolts to fit. 722004



- BX1721
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Excellent parts. Good instructions. Great video instructions too. Some "work" to remove front clip, but amazing, as we now can tow 4 wheels down. 721655



- BX2671
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I am completely impressed and satisfied with this incredible product. Fits perfectly on my F150. I was most impressed by the quick response and service of etrailer, it shows they truly value and care about customer needs. 721643



- BX2801
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looks like a perfect fit and more than do the job, great service. 721168


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